“Don’t fight to die, fight to live”
That right there sums up the whole season finale. For the entire season Oliver Queen had that deathwish, and for a good part of the episode that seemed to be the case. Luckily Felicity righted that ship. So as the episode started we come to learn that Team Arrow is alive, and thanks to the Flash they escaped their captors. From there, everything sped up, between Oliver finally revealing to Ra’s that it was his plan all along and the team getting back to Starling city and Malcolm leading the team. Things didn’t slow down from there with Ra’s plan of unleashing the virus thru four carriers. During this plot, I was thinking that this was one of those shell-games we’ve all come to know of, but kudos to the writers for providing a twist to it.
The showdown between Ra’s and Oliver was somewhat confusing. I was never really a fan of the season finale fight scenes when Oliver and Malcolm fought in season 1 with their similar costumes. The same goes for this episode. Ra’s and Oliver have the same costume for pete’s sake. It was too bad since the choreography was so spot-on and the cinematography was top-notch. The way the fight ended was surprising though, but a well-deserved one and I feel like the fans really earned it.
As for the threat of the bio-weapon, we finally got that sense of urgency and direness of the situation that was absent throughout the season. Everyone got to do something, which feels really great because you finally get to root for each and every one of the characters. Heck, it even got me rooting for Captain Lance.
This finale didn’t fall short in the drama department as well. We got that scene between Oliver and Dig and Felicity where Oliver explained why he chose this course of action. The following conversation with Felicity was also heart-breaking. Luckily it didn’t end there with the two mending their relationship in the end. The same can be said with Ollie and Dig. Another big scene was between Laurel and Quentin, and to my surprise it was a moving scene. But the big one that I really loved was when Oliver finally acknowledged that his team is really a big part of his crusade, and the ensuing farewell to boot.
Now that that’s out of the bag, the big question here is where will this season’s finale lead us in Oliver’s life now that he has apparently retired as the Arrow? Personally, I’d like him to be absent for a few episodes next season seeing that the rest of the team can stand on their own two feet.
The flashback scenes have also closed the book on year three, and the evolution of Oliver Queen the vigilante has finally arrived. Hopefully we get to see where this new-found vigilante persona of Oliver reaches prior to his return to Starling. In all honesty, this season was so-so,especially if you compare it to last year’s season. But this finale ended on a strong note and gave us a new dynamic for the show as season 4 begins.
Some quick points:
- Thea has finally donned the red suit and is now called “Speedy”
- Ray Palmer might just have discovered how to shrink his suit
- Will Dig finally get a mask?
- And what’s in store for us with Malcolm assuming the Demon’s Throne?
I give this a 4.75/5 Arrowheads.
Gino is the Gladiator’s TV and Comicbook reviewer. A lawyer in the making at day and full on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek